Monsanto joins community celebration of Honouliuli National Monument
We were honored and excited to be a part of a wonderful community celebration commemorating the establishment of the new Honouliuli National Monument, located on land that Monsanto Hawaii donated for the purpose of preserving the historic site.
On March 31, Monsanto joined U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Deputy Director of the National Park Service (NPS) Peggy O’Dell, community leaders and other guests to dedicate the new NPS site in a heart-warming and sobering ceremony held in the gulch where the Honouliuli Internment Camp once stood. The event included ceremonial blessings in both Hawaiian and Shinto traditions.
Monsanto Hawaii is presently working toward donating an additional 22-acres for the Honouliuli National Monument. Earlier, the company had gifted a total of 123-acres of land in Kunia to help preserve the site in perpetuity.
“It’s been over seven years since Monsanto pledged to work with the community to preserve the Honouliuli Internment Camp site for future generations,” said Alan Takemoto, community affairs manager for Monsanto Hawaii. “Back then, the idea of protecting Honouliuli as part of the National Park Service was just a vision that we shared with other members of the community. Today, after years of hard work and community partnerships, we’re excited to see it become a reality.”
On February 24, 2015, President Barack Obama signed Proclamation 9234, officially establishing the Honouliuli National Monument under the National Park Service.
The additional 22-acre donation is undergoing a subdivision process, which will pave the way for legal transfer of the land to the federal government. Once the transfer is completed, Monsanto Hawaii’s land donation for the Honouliuli National Monument will total 145-acres.